Mindfulness practice aids us in living life more fully by helping us learn to be more present with all of the ups and downs that come our way. So often, when something negative arises, we want to push it away, which takes us out of the moment. Learning to stay, even with what is difficult or painful, opens up new territory. When we are present, we feel alive. In meditation, we learn to accept and welcome a wide variety of experiences. We practice "on the cushion" to help train our bodies and minds to stay present no matter what, so that we can use these skills in daily life. As we learn to sit with whatever arises, both on and off the cushion, we begin to experience more acceptance (of self and of life), peace, and even joy. This leads to a sense of wholeness and an ability to discern, when we feel imbalanced, where attention is needed to restore our equilibrium.
Meditation mentoring includes working with meditation techniques a student already uses and learning new techniques that may be relevant to a student's practice or deepening current techniques. Sometimes we may do guided meditations or work in a meditative way with specific issues in the body or mind that are coming up in life and creating "stuckness." At other times, we may consider how to bring more mindfulness into daily life. Or, we may process things a student has experienced in meditation or questions that come up from readings. The focus is on increasing depth of practice and releasing energy or tension that may be creating imbalances.
I have maintained a daily meditation practice for over 25 years, so I have a deep appreciation for the benefits that come from meditating on a regular basis. I love sharing meditation with others and seeing them come alive in new ways as they develop meditation skills and apply those skills to their lives.